Vicente Sarmiento
Board of Supervisors | Orange County, CA

ARP: Santa Ana CA, Analyzes the Digital Divide

Idea Category: Broadband | Funding Source: American Rescue Plan

Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento will spend $3.5 million from the American Rescue Plan to understand and then address the digital divide. Recognizing that the city’s most disadvantaged residents and businesses were particularly hurt from the gap in access during the pandemic, the city first wants to understand where the divide exists. After a citywide survey to better understand where the gaps are, the city will explore the best solutions to bridging the divide. The city is also using ARP funds to improve its own website and city app to provide better services for residents.